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Turkish president hits out at Europe over silence on Nizami’s execution

Sumel Sarker

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Turkish president hits out at Europe over silence on Nizami’s execution

16 May 2016, Nirapad News: After asking its envoy in Dhaka to report home over execution of war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami, Turkey has now lashed out at Europe over its silence on the matter.

In a televised speech on Sunday, President Recep Tayip Erdogan accused the West of ‘double standards,’ reports Arab News.

“If you are against political executions, why did you remain silent to the execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami who was martyred a couple of days ago,” the Turkish president was quoted by the report as saying.

“Have you heard anything from Europe? … No. Isn’t it called double standards?” Erdogan said.

Turkey reacted strongly after Nizami was hanged in Dhaka for mass murder, rape and massacre of Bengali intellectuals during Bangladesh’s war of independence with Pakistan.

A statement by the country’s foreign ministry on May 11 said ‘it did not believe that Nizami deserved such a punishment.’

President Tayyip Erdogan also condemned his punishment saying ‘such proliferation of hatred’ went against ‘democratic mentality,’ according to local media.

On Thursday, the country ordered its envoy in Dhaka Devrim Öztürk to report to Ankara for ‘consultations’ following the Jamaat-e-Islami chief’s execution.

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